Diving in Bali is an adventure which will capture your imagination. The sea is full of types, color and sizes of fish which are too numerous to count. The fish, corals and plant life will amaze you. This is the last frontier on Earth to explore.
The challenge of diving in Bali and discovering the world of color and diversity under the sea is a fun and healthy sport. in Bali Dive Site You can feel the exhilaration as you slip beneath the surface and all of the magic wonders are there to amaze you. Your beautiful aquatic surrondings can be so very interesting that at times your will not want to come back to land.
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Sanur and Nusa Dua
Often used as a location for teaching diving because of it's close proximity to the tourist areas, there are some interesting coral formations, sponges and plentiful colorful fish on the reef at Sanur.
Nusa Dua Diving Site Location is built as an extension of Tanjung Benoa's reefs. The reef is scratched out from the north to south, following the beach line of Nusa Dua resorts. The shallow hard coral reef that lines Cafe Benoa, because of the disturbances to the north, has been getting worse and worse. This is the only area in the south that is regularly dived (because of the proximity of the Nusa Dua resorts) and it had once been a quite healthy reef, though never as rich as the offshore or northern sites. It is now quite marginal, a sparse hard coral slope covered in a thin layer of silt. Because of the disturb harbor, flood tide completely destroys the visibility at the northern sites.
The modest reef's proximity to the luxury hotels of Nusa Dua is the best thing going for it. Though it's not the place to find molas, sharks, or great schools of fish, you can have an apresdive lunch prepared by a three star chef and accompanied by a fine old Burgundy. Often used as a location for teaching diving because of it's close proximity to the tourist areas, there are some interesting coral formations, sponges and plentiful colorful fish on the reef at Sanur.
Nusa Penida/Nusa Lembongan Area, SD Point
With a strong current flow in the area, generally there are many Anthias around, sometimes big fishes like Giant Trevally, Sharks and if you are lucky, the Sun Fish (the season for sun fish is between July to September). Visibility is around 20 m and more. Temperature may drop to around 20 C, so please be prepared. This place is suitable for divers who seek a higher adventure. The dive site is stretched over kilometers, along the north coast of Penida Island . The soft and hard corals are among the best in Bali . Generally 2 to 3 dives will cover the are
Sunfish or Mola Mola
The Oceanic Sunfish or Mola – Mola will be coming again, the family name of Sunfish is Centrarchidae Molidae. The sunfish is an unusual looking fish; it doesn't have a caudal (tail) fin. Instead it has a clavus, which is formed by extensions of the dorsal and anal fin rays. These take the place of a true tail fin which does not form.
Now the Mola – Mola will come again on middle of July until Middle of September, they always appear around three sister island of Bali, i.e. Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Ceningan, especially in Blue Corner Point or Crystal Bay Point.
Mola Mola Fact Sheet
Family name : Centrarchidae Molidae
Order name : Tetraodontiformes
Common name : Oceanic Sunfish
Scientific name : Mola Mola
Diving Sites for Mola Mola
Dive Site: Blue Corner or Crystal Bay
Depth : 10 - 35m
Visibility : 20 - 30m
Temperature : 20 - 25°C
Currents : Can be very strong
Season : August – middle of September
Access : By Boat from Bali
Nusa Penida is a small island located in the southeast of Bali, across the Badung Strait which separates the island (and two other small islands, Nusa Ceningan Island and Nusa Lembongan Island) and Bali Island. Nusa Penida covers a wide area of Diving Site Locations. They are Penida Bay, Manta Point, Batu Meling, Batu Lumbung, Batu Abah, Toyapakeh and Malibu Point. The flow through the Lombok Strait is, overall, south-tending, although the strength and direction of the tidal streams are influenced by the monsoon seasons.
During the southeast monsoons, the tidal flow tends south; during the northeast monsoons, the tidal flow tends north. In the area of the strait north of Nusa Penida, the pattern is relatively simple, with a flow, at peaktide, of about three-and-one-half knots. But when you reach the area around Nusa Penida, things get very messy indeed. Tidal streams in Selat Badung (Badung Strait) are semi-diurnal, but owing to the fact that its direction runs obliquely to the general S to N direction of Selat Lombok, and the curved shape of the channel, the character of the stream is very complicated.
Toyapakeh has a very beautiful stretch of reefs, and in the southern part of the bay there is a similar area of rugged bommies, rich with color and fish, that is, if anything, even better. Big schools of fish, sea turtles, and occasionally, molas are highlight of Toyapakeh diving. Toyapakeh is special for its structure; those great pillars of coral. Malibu Point is one of the nicest diving sites in the island with gray reefs, reef white tips, silver-tips and numerous sharks. While Penida Bay is another anchorage, and the rocky islands have an interesting forms; something like an old resting elephant. The bay is very vulnerable to swell, creating-up-and-down-currents. Then, Manta Point is a limestone rock off Pandan cafe.
The above-water scenery is dramatic, with sheer limestone cliffs cut out by the monstrous swell that pounds this coast year-round. The swell is so strong that even being on a boat here is very uncomfortable. The same conditions are owned by Batu Meling, Batu Lumbung, and Batu Abah.
Nusa Lembongan is a small island located in the southeast of Bali, across the Badung Strait which separates the island (and two other small islands, Nusa Ceningan Island and Nusa Penida Island) and Bali Island. There are three main area of diving site locations in Nusa Lembongan.They are Ental Point (known as "blue corner" ), Jangka Point and Ceningan Channel.
Ental Point is a sparse, sopping reef with a terrace at twenty-four meters. The dive starts east of the point, and you are swept in a drift west to the corner, whence you head south inside the bay -- toward the shipwreck -- to seek some protection. The fish and coral life here is not particularly rich, and the current starts out strong and gets worse as you approach the point ! It's true. But molas are seen here. A mola is a very nice animal you can see in several diving site locations.
Jangka Point is located in the front of some seaweed farms off northeast Lembongan Island. Eddies form here, as they do across the strait at Toyapakeh, and this give a diver some protection from the full strength of the current. the profile is a very gradual slope, and again, it is not as rich as the sites on Nusa Penida proper. In the past the big table corals in the shallows here were full of lobsters.
Ceningan Channel is a very nice spot for an overnight anchorage, as it is protected from the swell and current. It also makes a safe and enjoyable night dive. The bottom is sand and mud, with a limestone slope as you get further out toward Toyapakeh Strait. It is not really rich enough to recommend as a daytime dive, however. At Ceningan Point, the swell and the current combines to produce a strange, shifting current that blows north and then, with a frequency of may be ten minutes, blows south and then repeat itself. It can be quite unsettling. the coral here is very rich and healthy, and the pulsing current attracts big schools of fish. It is a very uncommon dive, but if you feel you can handle the peculiar water behavior (and can find an operator willing to take you here) it is worth trying.
Flat-bottomed mixed reef and sandy bottom, some wall
10-15 minutes by boat
Variable; poor to good, 6-15 meters
Usually gentle but up to 3 knots
Scattered outcrops, fair variety
Large feeding Titan trigger fish blue spotted stingrays
Full moon night dive on the wall.
This picturesque bay, surrounded by majestic cliffs and hills, offers excellent diving with a great variety of marine life. White sandy bottom and exceptionally clear cool water and there are over many species of hard corals, plus numerous species of soft corals, colorful reef
Topekong Area, the Goat Island
From Candidasa. It takes a 20 minutes "Jukung" ride or from Sanur, it takes 1.5 h by speedboat . A very small island (only about 3000 m2) with 2 or 3 diving sites. Sometime when the current is right, you can explore the whole underwater sites in just 2 dives. The west side offers a slight drop off and some underwater reef structure that is very rich in underwater life. Sharks are quite common. The current is unpredictable and at some point changing directions which may include strong undertow and surge. Some people call this site "the Toilet" Sun Fishes are also regular visitor. Water is generally crystal clear with visibility of more than 20m. This area is among the best yet the most challenging one. We usually take more precaution to bring inexperienced divers when diving here.
Located in northeast of Amuk Bay, Candidasa is a little outcrop that offers some spectacular diving. The coral walls are steep, the water is cold, and the current can be strong. But for an experienced diver, drifting with a 3-knots current through the Canyon offers an unforgettable underwater experience.
The reef is steep and sloping with many corals. Some fish seen here include Red Snapper, Clown Trigger fish, and Blue Spotted Stingrays, Trivially, Morays and Whitetip Reef sharks. Pulau Tepekong - On the east and north sides of the island this is a wall dive with many caves. There are large biomes and many fish such as different Triggerfish, Angelfish, Snappers, Butterfly fish, Parrotfish, Moorish Idols and Emperor. The level of visibility is various, from poor to good, from 6 - 20 meters. The teeming fish life makes it well worth whatever effort it takes, however. It is particularly easy here to get very close to normally wary fish. You might even see an oceanic sunfish, the strange Mola mola.
Batu Tiga (Three rocks) is accessed by boat from Candi Dasa or Padang Bai. With an average depth of 20m, the site is excellent for diving or snorkeling. The reef is steep and sloping with many corals. Some fish seen here include Red Snapper, Clown Trigger fish, and Blue Spotted Stingrays, Trivially, Morays and Whitetip Reef sharks. Pulau Tepekong - On the east and north sides of the island this is a wall dive with many caves. There are large biomes and many fish such as different Triggerfish, Angelfish, Snappers, Butterfly fish, Parrotfish, Moorish Idols and Emperor.
After one of our aborted attempts on the Canyon, Wally directed our jukung to the far eastern end of the island. We dropped into surging, cold water, and shivered as we descended. Visibility was restricted by the water movement to around 8 meters. And the surge was too strong to allow us to peer into the many caves - between 16 and 32 meters as well as a 10-meter-long passage between several huge boulders that appear to have fallen from the topside cliff. We spotted a tuna, a fairly big grouper and a cuttlefish after we made our way down the slope to about 25 meters. The coral cover was good, including both stony corals and soft corals, and several blunt pinnacles sheltered reef fish in shallow pockets. Fish huddled between overlapping layers of table coral, each irregular "shelf" holding several species. All this was fine, but the strong continuing surge, lack of visibility and cold water led us to surface before our air ran out.
These same conditions plagued our dive on Gili Mimpang, a cluster of three little exposed rocks between Tepekong and the coast of Bali. Despite our wet suits, we were freezing. Descending to the 12-meter bottom, we disturbed a small blue spotted stingray, and a much larger black-spotted ray. We swam against a slight current to the top of a wall around 30 meters, working our way around detached clumps of coral. About 10 minutes into the dive I was ready to quit, mainly because of the cold, but also because of the cold, but also be increasing current and restricted visibility. I signalle Wally and we headed up. Around 18 meters we hit a thermocline, and life took a very definite turn for the better. Almost instantaneously, the water temperature increased 6°C. Fish life improved considerably as well, beginning with a docile star puffer, three easily spooked (as usual) reef white-tip sharks and several blue-finned trevally. A school of blue-lined snappers buzzed us from above. As we stopped on top of a pinnacle at around 7-8 meters, a school of bignose unicornfish parted just enough to afford us a glimpse of a Napoleon wrasse on one side and several bumphead parrotfish on the other. A small school of longfin bannerfish accompanied us, from a safe distance, almost to the surface. Back in the jukung, Wally said that had we not turned back, we could well have seen lots of large pelagics ahead. But I was well satisfied, and very happy to be warm ind dry.
Amed Dive Site, Great for all level of divers
The dive sites are easy and relaxing. You can dive offer a short " jukung" ride or just off the beach. The underwater life is so dense and the gentle current offers agreat number of nutritients to its crowds of fish and soft and hard coral. It is ideal for underwater naturalist and underwater
photographers. Great for all level of divers.
Amed (Jemeluk/Cemeluk Bay)
Located just a few kilometers in the southeast of Tulamben, Amed is situated in Jemeluk Bay. The water is clear with seemingly unwave surface. Jemeluk Bay or Amed may the best site for snorkel with its richest and calmest beach and underwater in Bali.
Topography of Amed is slope followed by a drop off. It is a beautiful solitary beach with fully grown anenome, gorgonia and sponges. Its underwater has rich and beautiful coral reef which offers a great diving site for beginner and or professional divers. The variety level of fish is very high as the result of its rich of coral reef. The vele of visibility is 12 - 15 meters.
Amed has excellent snorkeling just off the black sand beach and further out in the bay there is a coral wall with an abundance of sponges and hard and soft corals. Fish varieties include Black Snapper, Trigger fish, Surgeon fish, Unicorn fish, Parrot fish, Damselfish, Cardinalfish, Whitetip Reef Sharks and many larger varieties such as Dogtooth Tuna and Blue Finned Trivially.
Tulamben Area, The Liberty Shipwreck
A must for all divers visiting Bali. This location is full with marine live; the wreck is crowded with schools of Jack Fish, hundreds of them and they are so friendly. If you like to see something unusual, sometimes you can find "leaf fish", 3 different types of Garden Ells, Surgeon Fish and Butterfly Fish that will company you through out your dive. The diving is generally easy with minimum current, visibility around 15 m and more. This area is a favorite area for photographers and video graphers. Easy access for people who try scuba diving for the first time and also great for snorkeling.This location is full with marine live; the wreck is crowded with schools of Jack Fish, hundreds of them and they are so friendly. If you like to see something unusual, sometimes you can find "leaf fish", 3 different type s of Garden Ells, Surgeon Fish and Butterfly Fish that will company you through out your dive. The diving is generally easy with minimum current, visibility around 15 m and more. This area is a favorite area for photographers and video graphers. Easy access for people who try scuba diving for the first time and also great for snorkeling.
The Tulamben Bay, a three-quarters of a kilometer, is a rich area. The smooth blue surface of water in this bay arises a romantic sense of us. In other time you may see other views when the sunrise is coming and light the land around, the sea and any boats in the bay. Tulamben is probably best loved, diving area in Bali, and its cobbled beach and black -sand bottom have become familiar to the international diving community. It is the kind of place divers visit for a week or more, exploring the wreck, inshore reef, drop-off and slope.
With the recent addition of the reef of the drop-off, several of which are excellent, Tulamben is now becoming something like a diving region, with a very diverse group of sites just a short walk or boat ride from the many resorts.
The Tulamben Bay is a magical for its quiet, beauty, exotic, rich and as if it is determined by the God to show all the creature of the sea underwater. Tulamben, as if, has everything you have ever imagine of finding out in the sea underwater.
The Liberty Wreck is the favorite dive for most divers in this area, especially for beginners.
The basic structure of Batu Kelebit consists of three coral-covered ridges that fan out from the eponymous rocks. Between the ridges are sand channels, and the sand is bright white. The bathymetry is one of the best things about this site. The ridges are steep enough to protect the two channels from both sides, making the inside diveable regardless of the current. And their approximately radiating structure makes it almost impossible to get lost here. The ridges are covered with an extremely diverse growth of hard corals, sponges, gorgonians, black corals and every other encrusting animals it is possible to encounter. Since Batu Kelebit receives deep, offshore water, clarity is generally good, and temperatures are a bit cold. Actually, visibility would be excellent, except that there is almost always planktons in the water, which of course is why the site is so rich. The level od species variety at this site is high. Just be careful at the depth of fifteen to twenty meters at this site, because most big animal such as pelagics like staying at the depth.
The wreck and the area around it are very interesting. Off the bow of the wreck is a steep sand slope carved out by the current sweeping around the wreck. The cover is a patchy reef of sponges, small clumps of whip corals and black corals, and small coral colonies. It is a surprisingly rich area, and worth exploring up close for small commensals. The deep area behind the wreck is similar, and also worth exploring. Seaward of the wreck, in forty meters or more, is where mola-mola and other pelagic fish are sometimes seen.
You can either start from the Jetty and swim to the east or from a traditional boat that drop you right in the channel between the main island and Menjangan. This dive sites is big, covering more than 60.000 m2 underwater lives, partial drop off, slope and flat area. Generally visibility is around 20m or better. You can expect to be companied by some friendly Bat Fish through out your dive. Sometimes there's some current in the channel, and that's the time when you have a chance to see some big pelagic, such as Tuna, Sharks (our instructor has spotted a Bull Shark ..no kidding), some Dolphins (at the surface), and Whale Sharks. Generally the diving is relaxing and there are many things to see. The area near the Jetty is also excellent for training.
Located in the northwest of Bali, the Menjangan Island is situated in Bali Sea, just a few kilometer from the north beach of West Bali. Actually the area of diving site we are talking about is still included into the area of the Bali Barat National Park. More than just a conservation area of the Bali Barat National Park, Menjangan Island's Diving site is one of the most protected dive sites in Bali. Because any diving activity in this area will bring a risk to the conservation area as a whole. For any uncontrolled and destruction activity at this area will treat thousands protected species live in this area.
Many divers said that Menjangan Island is the best dive site in Bali. The water is clear and calm with a rich various species of fishes. This makes a certain comfortable sense of diving in this area. The Gorgonian is one of the interesting parts in this area. With the abundance of gorgorians, this area tells us that it is rich of plankton, and at last, with many various fishes and other underwater species. And the steep, craggy drop-off reef that that rings Menjangan Island has, overall, the greatest diversity of gorgonians of any area on Bali.
Some Interesting Things
The Old Wooden Shipwreck is very interesting. By its twilight of forty-five meters, this site is atmospheric and beautiful. This site inhabited by many various colonies of Dendronephthya and gorgonians, the beginning and premier indicator of its rich.
Like other dive sites, we bet that there are more interesting sites in this site than we know. And there is the only one way to prove it: go and dive to this site !
Located in the northwest of Bali, the Pemuteran Area is situated in Bali Sea, just a few kilometer from the north beach of West Bali. Actually the area of diving site we are talking about is still included into the area of the Bali Barat National Park. Like Menjangan Island, the Pemuteran Area is a part of the Bali Barat National Park. Legally protected by the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, Pemuteran Area is just a few minute drive to the east direction of Teluk Terima. In the last decade, Pemuteran Area has been developed as a tourism resort which provides a number of international standard accommodations.
Magical Coral Reefs
Pemuteran Area is a place where you can find out many various coral reefs. Known as Takas, these coral reefs are setup and built by pretty average shallowwater banks; a reeftop covered with a mix of tough, shallow-water soft corals (Lobophyton, Sarcophyton, Sinularia), fire coral, and hardy stony coral (Acropora, Porites) with some sponges, gorgonians, and black coral spirals showing up in the deeper areas. There are many tropical reef fish and a profusion of Moorish Idol. There is also a turtle sanctuary located at Pemuteran with regular releases of turtles into the sea, which have been bred at the Sanctuary.
"Napoleon Reef," is a flat-topped, underwater mound, about the size of a football field. At its shallowest, to bottom rises to about 5-10 meters of the surface. The reef is covered with sponges and corals, including great table-top Acropora reaching a diameter of 5 meters. From the top, the profile follows a gentle slope to 35 meters, with very good invertebrate life. Two enormous barrel sponges serve as landmarks. Fish life is quite good. Large cuttlefish are often seen. Occasionally, manta rays appear to feed across the reeftop. The southeastern point of Napoleon drops down to 35 meters, where there is an excellent deep reef with soft corals and whip corals, dubbed "Cody's Corner."
"Pertamuan Dekat" (literally the substrate shows a "Close Encounters") takes its name from the big fish here which allow-and even initiate-close encounters with divers: reef sharks, tuna, mackerel, barracuda and jacks, and an occasional large grouper or Napoleon wrasse. Even whale sharks have been seen here on occasion.
At Lebar (literally "wide") Reef, steep slopes drop to flat sand at about 25 meters. Out over the sand, coral outcrops appear at 25 meters and again at 35 meters.Both the reeftop and side of the taka are covered with thickets of staghorn Acropora, some with colorful blu tips, interspersed with tabletops Acropora and fan gorgonians.
Kebun Batu ("Rock Garden") is just a 5 minute snorkel from shore. Here a huge boul rises vertically from about 18 meters to just 3 meters from the surface. The rock, full of crevices and small, shallow caves, serves as a hotel to many fish. Elsewhere, the substrate shows a mixture of sponges, hard and soft corals. This is a very good night dive.
The dive site is located in front of the docking area of the Gilimanuk Harbor . I bet you won 't believe this place has so many things to see, until you put on your mask and start exploring the 2 to 6m depth of water. Visibility is varying from 3 to 15m. If you are looking for big fishes, you will not find them here. This place is strictly for "unusual" and rare underwater creatures, which are small and well camouflage d between the sea grass, the sand and some debrisas yes, slowly work on the garbage and most probably there is something underneath. Snake Eals , Sea Snakes, Cockatoo Fish, Juvenile of Rabbit Fishes, Flounders, varieties of Gobies, Frog Fishes, Dragonets, Nudibranch, Sea Hares and many more. If you are an Underwater Photographer of Video shooter , you may spend 2 hours bottom time, 3 to 4 dives a day and still find something new.